Pineapple Upside Down Muffins (gluten-free, grain-free)

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer If you’re a fan of pineapple upside down cake, you’re going to absolutely adore these scrumptious gluten-free, grain-free muffins that taste just like their namesake. Hands down, these slightly sweet, rich pineapple-flavored treats are my personal favorite muffins! As a gluten-free girl living in a house full of grain-loving guys, I’ve made it my mission to find delicious and healthy ways to transform traditional favorites into delightful gluten-free, grain-free creations that everyone can enjoy – whether or not they’re living […]

Struggling to Get Your Kids to Eat Real Food? Here’s How Our Family Did It

By Ann, Contributing Writer Believe me, I know that getting your kids to eat real food is not always easy. For my husband and I, it’s been trial and error… a lot of error on my part, but through grace and patience, together we are getting there. You see, we married almost four years ago, blending two families. We each had three kids (yes, I know, the modern day Brady Bunch right? More on THAT later…) and each family had different eating habits. Thanks to my midwife, […]

Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less? The Author of Good Cheap Eats Shares Her Secrets (and Zucchini Fritters Recipe!)

Do you love serving up homemade food to your family but wish it didn’t take so much time? My friend Jessica has become a pro in the kitchen over the years. As a mom of six kids (including teenage boys!), she makes a whole lot of food. She also happens to like really good food, and makes it a priority to focus on unprocessed, wholesome, homemade meals. All of this awesomeness in the kitchen has led to her writing four recipe books, and today I’m talking to her […]

35 Healthy Summer Drink Recipes

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Summer always seems to be a great time for enjoying delicious beverages. There’s something about sipping a tasty drink on a hot day that’s just so pleasant. There are many summer drinks that are not overly healthy. And that’s OK once a while. But today I’d like to share some that are made with healthy ingredients. These drinks not only quench your thirst, but also provide nourishment. Even though these summer drink recipes are healthier versions, some contain quite a bit of natural sugar. […]

Mediterranean Summer Salad

Guest Post by Kristen Smith Though summer is winding down to a close, many of my garden plants are still in high gear. Even if you don’t garden, chances are the farmer’s markets and gardeners around you also have an abundance of some fresh, delicious homegrown vegetables! I love taking all of the fresh vegetables I grow or buy and making simple meals during the warm months. Especially now as our family is getting back into the swing of homeschooling, simplicity in the kitchen is […]

How to Transform Leftovers into Healthy Lunches Kids LOVE!

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer It’s time to break out the lunch boxes … back-to-school season is here! And whether you homeschool, or your children attend school outside of the home, having a plan for what to serve (or pack) for lunch makes getting ready for the busy school year a whole lot easier! When it comes to quick and easy school lunches, leftovers are one of my favorite ways to save time and money! In fact, I’m such a big fan of repurposing dinner leftovers into lunch, you’ll often […]

How to Build the Perfect Pasta Salad

By Tiffany Terczak, Contributing Writer Pasta salad has always been my go-to meal for potlucks. They’re easy to make, easy to transport and often don’t require refrigeration (which is great for picnics during the hot summer months). Besides, who doesn’t love a great pasta salad?! These are also the same reasons why we include pasta salads in our meal plans almost every week. They’re frugal, and a great way to use up almost any leftover ingredient in the fridge (which helps save money by reducing our […]

Ditch the Bag of Chips: 15 Healthier Ideas for Lunches

photo credit By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer I love chips. Crisp and salty, chips just seem to be the perfect side to pack up for lunch. What I don’t love about chips are the levels of acrylamide – a cancer causing chemical found in many brands of pre-packaged chips. The good news is, you can still have a crunchy, crispy, salty and tasty addition to your lunch. You just have to think outside the chip box. 15 Healthier Ideas for Lunches Vegetable chips can be […]